Release Date: March 2016.
Publisher: Hachette Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Challenge: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
LOVE. BETRAYAL. NEW BEGINNINGS. A young English war bride makes a new life in Australia in this romantic story set on the stunning coast of Sydney, by the author of THE SOLDIER’S WIFE.
January, 1920. Young Englishwoman Margaret Dalton is full of excitement as she arrives to begin a new life in the warm, golden land of Australia. She leaves behind the horrors of WWI and can’t wait to see her husband, Frank, after two years’ separation. But when Margaret’s ship docks, Frank isn’t there to greet her and Margaret is informed that he already has a wife . . .
Devastated, Margaret must swap her hopes and dreams for the reality of living and working in a strange new city. And just as a growing friendship with army sergeant Tom McBride gives her a steady person to rely on, news arrives that Frank may not have abandoned her. Where should Margaret’s loyalties lie: with the old life or with the new?
One mistake will change the lives of two people forever.
WWI is over and Margaret Dalton can’t wait to start her new life in Australia with her husband Frank – who she only had a short time with before the war pulled them apart. But when she steps off the ship and finds her husband not there, her hopes are quickly squashed. With returning to England not an option, Margaret must navigate this strange new land alone. But not completely. She finds a friend in army sergeant Tom McBride, who helps her find a place to board where he is boarding. Tom tells her she must play the grieving widow to be accepted in society, and although she doesn’t like it, she plays along.
Margaret finds herself a job and despite her initial setback, has landed on her feet. She has made some close friends and is even fighting an attraction with Tom, who she can’t be with until the grieving period is over. Just as Margaret thinks she has everything figured out, she receives news that threatens to destroy everything she has worked for.
Pamela Hart delivers another captivating historical romance to get lost in. Her careful details and vivid descriptions pull you back through time, fully immersing you in 1920 Australian life.
This enchanting tale is filled with life-like characters that draw you into their stories and make you care about them.
The War Bride is a gripping, emotional tale of love, of loss, of a woman abandoned on strange shores who doesn’t give up and weep, which would have been understandable if she did, but instead sets her shoulders and gets on with life, accepting help when needed, and finding her own place in the world. It is a sweet, simmering romance that will pull at your heart strings, with shocking twists that will keep you glued to the pages.
The War Bride is a fascinating look at such an interesting part of Australia’s history. Hart is a master storyteller with stunning writing that makes her books so hard to put down. More than a simple romance, and more than a historical, if you love a good drama about every day people struggling to find a place in this world, The War Bride is not to be missed. I highly recommend it.
One of my new favourite writers, Hart has done more than prove herself with her second historical romance and I can’t wait to see what she has install for us next.
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